A new sense of urgency and purpose has enlivened our international conversations about digital platforms, stimulating unprecedented levels of co-operation between competition and consumer authorities globally. In addition to conducting our own inquiries and reporting to Australian lawmakers, international co-operation has been crucial in informing the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s current thinking on the challenges posed by digital platform markets.  As a number of jurisdictions have recently agreed or are considering new competition regulations for large digital platforms, our continuing co-operation is helping us form a view on whether Australian competition and consumer law is sufficient to address these challenges so we can provide well developed advice to Australian lawmakers. As our experience in Australia evolves, we will continue to closely engage with international counterparts and we remain mindful of the benefits derived from international regulatory coherence and, above all, our shared sense of common purpose.

By Marcus Bezzi, Eoin O’Connell & Alison Sheehan[1]

 

A new sense of urgency and purpose has enlivened our international conversations about digital platforms. Is there a version of the future where competition among digital platforms is promoted alongside other values, such as privacy, consumer protection, fair trading, and informed consent? How do we preserve the competitive process, and identify conduct that

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